COVID-19 spikes four times higher in prisons and jails: ‘This lack of concern for human lives is calculated’

As COVID-19 cases explode exponentially in the U.S., a glaring component of this public health crisis is being ignored: Prisoners are contracting the virus at four times the national rate, and these spikes will spread to the larger community.

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As Coronavirus Spreads Through Prisons, States Are Failing Incarcerated People 

In April 6, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed an executive order allowing “medically vulnerable” incarcerated people to be temporarily released on medical furlough for the duration of the state’s disaster proclamation. Furloughs are typically temporary releases from prison, usually for no more than 14 days. Pritzker’s executive order extends the order indefinitely during the pandemic; it is unclear whether people will be expected to return to prison once the pandemic is past.

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